Scarsdale Diet Review

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The Scarsdale Diet was developed in 1970 by Dr. Herman Tarnower. It derives its name for the town in which Dr. Tarnower had his medical practice. Dr. Tarnower specialized in treating people who were obese. He combined the process of ketosis with a medically designed food program that would cause ketosis to occur in healthy people.

During ketosis the body produces ketones which are the residuals of fat burning. People who are burning fat give off ketones. Usually ketosis is considered a negative because there is an underlying condition that causes it. In alcoholics and diabetics ketosis is often present as an undesired side effect. Ketones are measured in the urine. Dr. Tarnower’s Scarsdale diet gives off ketones at much lower levels than those given off by people with an underlying condition.

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Product Features

The Scarsdale Diet is world renowned for reports of rapid weight loss results. Most people report 1 pound each day and a few users say they have lost 20 pounds in 14 days. Much of this is also reported to be water weight that reappears after the diet has ended.

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Advantages

  • Long history of many people reporting positive results using the Scarsdale Diet.
  • High protein portion of the diet allows the user to feel satisfied after a meal and may appeal to people who like the Atkins diet.
  • The plan is very specific and easy to follow.
  • Rapid weight loss motivates the dieter to keep going in efforts to prepare for special events or complete long term goals.
  • The diet can be followed even if you are eating out.

Disadvantages

  • Very low calories allowances may make the diet hard to continue. Only 700-100 calories a day are allowed for moderately active people.
  • Fatigue and extreme hunger is reported by many dieters following the plan.
  • There is little room for variation on the plan which may make it harder to continue for some people.
  • No maintenance plan.

Conclusion

The Scarsdale diet has optional programs that can be used in conjunction with the diet. It is called the “Keep-Trim” Diet. These diets will likely continue to be popular due to the reported effectiveness. Ketosis should be medically supervised but the diet can be used by healthy people and monitored through the use of home Ketostix.The high protein menu helps to provide energy and meal satisfaction for people. The program does have some potential to upset the digestive system. The Scarsdale diet is not extremely restrictive but does require some altering of the random food choice system many people have become accustomed to.

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15 User Reviews about Scarsdale Diet

  • 1
    KIM

    I HAVE BEEN DOING SCARSDALE DIET FOR 2 WEEKS AND KEEP TRIM THIS WILL BE WEEK 2. I LOST 10LBS THE FIRST 2 WEEKS AND STAYED THE SAME THE PAST 2 WEEKS EATING SIMILIAR TO THE FIRST 2 WEEKS. I WALK 2 MILES A DAY. I SEEM TO BE LOOSING INCHES THOUGH BECAUSE I AM STARTING TO FIT INTO MY CLOTHES AGAIN. IS THIS NORMAL? WHY AM I NOT LOOSING?

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    April

    I lost weight on the keep trim but I found if you are introducing a little more carbs to the menu it would be wise to increase your exercise. Exercise, allows me more freedom to eat the things i enjoy, but still keeping the program at the for front of my choices. I have lost a great deal of weight and inches but it has been gradual and over a year of vigorious behavior modifcation.

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    Charmaine

    I lost 30 pounds on the Scarsdale diet in 1978 after giving birth. Tried it again in 2011 and lost 30 pounds, and did work out at Curves, and walked the dog. I have inched back up about 10 pounds and am going back on it. It’s healthy, and easy to follow. I think the combinations of the foods really melts the pounds. I did allow a few snacks like almonds and 1/4 c low fat cottage cheese in between meals. And no sodas as the Dr. allowed. Just water, coffee, and tea.

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    margie reninger

    can I take vitamins such as fish oil with this diet?

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    Valerie Johnson

    I started this diet two weeks ago and have lost a total of twenty -pounds. I love this diet! It’s the easiest diet I have ever been on, never felt deprived or hungry, as a matter of fact the diet made me lose my appetite. I had to force myself to eat. My daughter said the same thing. She is on the diet with me. In two more weeks I will resume the two weeks on part of the diet and will I’m sure lose another twenty pounds. Yeeeah boooyz;)- oh yeah by the way you can buy the paper- back at the book store.

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    Sabra Lakhani

    I am 54 years old. I suffer from Hypertension diabetes Itkae insulin injections, also I have athyroid problem adn a sleep disorder adn Iam om anti depressants and mood stabilisers.

    Is this diet suitable for me?

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    Heather

    I am starting this diet on Monday after I take the weekend for the Hollywood diet to kick everything off! I REALLY need to loss the weight as I am pre-diabetes, plus the other day my son said to me “why is your belly so big, will we have another baby?” He’s my only child and he’s 6! So I really need something, but I live in the cold and can’t afford a gym at this time so exercising is a little rough, but I will get there!

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    Diane

    I started the diet 5 days ago and had lost 8 pounds in the first 4 days. I have no problems at all. I like walking for exercise and try to do some at least once a day, sometimes twice a day. I feel great, was maybe a little hungry the first day, but everything is fine now. I follow the diet about 99%. I love my milk,and drink a glass a day. I don’t think it hampered my losing at all. This is the greatest, easiest diet I’ve ever tried.

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    Maria

    Does this diet really work?

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    Anette

    I does work better than many diets out there. You can take phentermine or another appetite suppliment with it w/your doctor’s consent. But this the only diet that ever worked for me and I am age 45. The first time I tried this I was modeling in my late teens/early twenties…it was my g=GO TO diet and it still is today. Try it. As I said earlier…I cheat in the fact that I follow it to the T except I drink my coffee w/splenda a creamer everday and it still works wonders. Try it with or without supplements. It works.

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    Doreen

    i lost less than 3 lb first week is it normal???

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  • 9
    Doreen

    I am very depressed I lost less than 3ld first week i am desperate to loose weight i need it badly the only thinf i substitute was the grapefruit i dring unsweetened cause in my country we dont have it fresh please tell me what tot do

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  • 10
    Janet

    In 1971 I had 45 Cobalt Treatments for Cancer, which in effect left me with very few food choices. Is it safe to go on the Scarsdale Diet? I can’t have any milk product, or leafy vegetables-like lettuce, spinach, kale, cabbage, and very little sweets.
    Thank you
    Janet

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    Carl Schwanderlik

    My wife and I are 70 yr.old Diabetics. How can I print from the computer a printable version of the Scarsdale Diet ??? I do not want to have to pay anything for it. Thank You. Carl Schwanderlik.

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    Tonya

    I’m diabetic with heart disease and I struggle with weight

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